This bill should fit South Dakota like Danny Glover.
Hey, South Dakota Legislature! If you can consider House Bill 1087 to keep kids safe, then surely you can round me up a sponsor for this public health and safety bill:
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to authorize individual school boards to create, establish, and supervise individual school prophylactic programs to promote sexual health.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. Any school board may create, establish, and supervise the distribution of condoms in such manner and according to such protocols as the board, in its sole discretion, may believe to be most likely to protect the school, its students, its staff, and members of the public against the threat of unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and any other risk associated with sexual activity.
Section 2. Before any school board may implement any school prophylactic program pursuant to section 1 of this Act, the school board shall interface with any health care providing organization in its district. Any material changes in the school prophylactic program's personnel or protocols shall be reported to such health care providers forthwith.
Section 3. No school board, in implementing the provisions of section 1 of this Act, may require any individual teacher or other school employee to carry condoms without the latter's free, willing, and voluntary consent. No individual teacher or other school employee may be censured, criticized, or discriminated against for unwillingness or refusal to carry condoms pursuant to this Act.
Section 4. No provision of § 13-33-6.1 or any other provision of state statute is effective to restrict or limit the provisions of this Act. However, nothing in this Act authorizes any person to make animal balloons out of condoms on school grounds.
Section 5. The failure or refusal of any school board to implement a school prophylactic program does not constitute a cause of action against the board, the school district, or any of its employees.
This bill has everything. It addresses the very real threat of sexually transmitted diseases: rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea have been climbing in South Dakota at much faster rates than school shootings, and consistent and correct use of condoms can reduce the risk of transmitting STDs. It provides local control, giving local school boards the ability to meet the local needs of their students as they see fit. It provides a conscience clause for school personnel who fret that making condoms visible on campus might send the wrong message to students. And just in case some school district doesn't see the wisdom of providing their students with this cheap yet effective protection, this bill protects gives them legal protection from parents who try to sue the school for letting their kids get the clap by not handing out condoms.
Rep. Rev. Craig and Rep. Rev. Hickey should love this bill! Maybe they can hoghouse Senate Bill 69... since my bill would surely provide plenty of diversion for our health professionals.